Nikola Jokic

Thursday’s four-game slate features a potential playoff preview between healthy Clippers and Rockets squads, along with the return of Stephen Curry ($8,000) in an NBA Finals rematch. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:

VALUES TO CONSIDER


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Point Guard

Target worth paying up for: Stephen Curry ($8,000) vs. TOR (3rd)

Steph’s back from a 58-game absence, and I’m not afraid to use him out of the gate. With the Warriors in prime lottery position, he’s really taken his time returning, which means he should be in good basketball shape. Curry’s salary is down $1,500 from when he got hurt, and he was averaging over 1.4 DKFP per minute in the early going this season.

Best value: Terry Rozier ($6,200) vs. DEN (7th)

Devonte’ Graham’s ($5,800) status will be key here, as he’s questionable with an ankle injury. If he remains sidelined it’ll lead to increased usage for Rozier, who scored 35.5 DKFP in 36 minutes against the Spurs. He hasn’t shot well in a couple of games, so hitting a couple more shots could lead to even more value.

Positional Strategy

The Houston guards should be really popular, especially with how poor the value is. Going in any other direction should get you low ownership.


Shooting Guard

Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($10,700) vs. LAC (15th)

Three straight games Harden has been held under 60 DKFP, but he’s averaging 65 in three outings against the Clippers this season. We rarely see Harden this cheap, but his down games have kept his salary from rising. Eventually, he’s going to break out at a cheap price, and his salary will go back up.

Best Value: Eric Gordon ($3,800) vs. LAC (15th)

Gordon hasn’t faced his former team yet this season and doesn’t have all that much upside when Houston is fully healthy. I’ll admit I don’t love the play, but in terms of guards under $4,000, Gordon’s as good as it gets. At least you get scoring upside and consistent minutes.

Positional Strategy

It’s tough to find all that many places to look at guard, though. In the end, you probably pay up for Harden, or maybe slide a value piece in. Harden’s been much better against the Clippers than Russell Westbrook ($10,000).


Small Forward

Target worth paying up for: Tobias Harris ($7,900) at SAC (12th)

Harris has been a rollercoaster ride in terms of fantasy output recently, but you can’t ignore the volume with Philly down three starters. With his salary down $300, he’s just about as safe a play you can find.

Best Value: Glenn Robinson ($4,000) at SAC (25th)

Behind Harris, Robinson’s been one of the go-to scorers for the shorthanded Sixers. Robinson went for 35 DKFP in 31 minutes against the Lakers, and is worth the $800 bump in salary.

Positional Strategy

Michael Porter Jr. ($4,000) is another value that stands out. But getting some plays on Philly is almost a must, and the best value is at forward.


Power Forward

Target worth paying up for: Pascal Siakam ($9,100) at GSW (5th)

Curry’s return should be a good thing for targeting against the Warriors. Golden State should be more competitive and play at a faster pace. Siakam’s been fantastic in recent games with some injuries on the Raps, including 52.25 DKFP on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Best value: Mike Scott ($3,800) at SAC (1st)

Scott’s been thrust into a much larger role with all of the injuries in Philly, particularly over the last two games. In the two games in Los Angeles, Scott dropped 30.5 DKFP in 26 minutes, and 28.5 DKFP in 36 minutes. Look for him to keep rolling.

Positional Strategy

Scott has the potential to be the best value on the slate if he keeps playing the way he has on this road trip. Pivoting from Siakam to one of the Clippers studs is another way to build.


Center

Target worth paying up for: Nikola Jokic ($9,500) at CHA (29th)

The Hornets have been getting gashed by opposing centers, so Jokic’s in a high-upside position with a cheap salary by his standards. Houston’s guards will probably get the most attention, but Jokic is my top stud on this slate.

Best value: Robert Covington ($6,700) vs. LAC (6th)

Yep, RoCo is center eligible now. He’s really starting to fit into his role with his new team, scoring at least 46 DKFP in each of his last two games. Covington’s ripped down 29 boards total and attempted 21 3-pointers in the last two contests.

Positional Strategy

RoCo has PF eligibility, which means you can also play P.J. Tucker ($3,700) if you want to stack the Rockets. Both have been getting a ton of run.


Key news to monitor on DK Live:

QUESTIONABLE

Fred VanVleet (shoulder)
Draymond Green (knee)
Serge Ibaka (knee)
Devonte’ Graham (ankle)
Marc Gasol (hamstring)
Noah Vonleh (ankle)

PROBABLE

De’Aaron Fox (abdominal)
Corey Joseph (heel)
DeMarre Carroll (illness)

DOUBTFUL

None

OUT

Joel Embiid (shoulder)
Ben Simmons (back)
Josh Richardson (concussion)
Ky Bowman (ankle)

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